CLINTON, NY- After a 4-3 win last night, the Williams Ephs (1-1-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC) fell to the Hamilton Continentals (1-1-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC) this afternoon in the second game of their season with a final score of 4-2. Although the Ephs took a solid number of shots, they struggled to finish out goals and score against the Continentals, who were able to take advantage of their power play to put up more goals than the Ephs.
"We were undisciplined and put ourselves in tough situations that ultimately cost us the game," said head coach Meghan Gillis. "We played well to start but were not competing at our best level".
The first period had the Ephs facing fierce competition from the Continentals. After being stopped with three important saves by junior goalie Marissa Anderson, Hamilton was able to net a goal at 1:42. Williams then took a number of shots during their power play but was unable to score as Hamilton goalie Sammy Johnson blocked shot after shot and two shots hit the post. After a Williams penalty for hooking, the Continentals were able to capitalize on their power play to score at 16:06, bringing the score to 2-0.
By the end of the first period, Williams closely trailed Hamilton in number of shots taken (13-11), with both teams saving 11 shots. The second period had another Hamilton scoring another goal at 3:13 on the power play after a Williams penalty for interference. Through the second period, Williams significantly outshot the Continentals with 13 shots to Hamilton's 5, but were unable to get past Johnson.
Hoping to instill a fresh spark in her team, Coach Gillis decided to put in first year goalie Chloe Heiting to try to turn the tide on Hamilton scoring. At 0:31 seconds into the third period, Hamilton was able to net another power play goal from a slashing penalty from the previous period. However, first year Bri Laycock was able to score unassisted almost a minute later at 1:38. Then, as Hamilton received a face-off penalty, sophomore defender Brynn Puppe was able to score at 3:44 on the power play, making the gap even smaller.
Similar to yesterday, Coach Gillis credits special teams with the outcome of the game, "Special teams was the difference again today. They scored most of their goals on power play".
The Ephs will play their next game this Tuesday (11/20) against Endicott at 6pm in Williamstown.